Ralph Lopez majored in Economics and Political Science at Yale University. He has been published in the Boston Globe and the Baltimore Sun.
Next week, the eyes of the world will be on Philadelphia, as what promises to be one of the most contentious Democratic conventions in history unfolds. Bernie Sanders supporters are hopping mad, and feel that it is Sanders who should be up there, accepting the nomination, after major episodes of what can only be called election fraud. In states such as New York, California, and Arizona, which are together large enough to swing any election, the evidence is enough to have compelled a multitude of official investigations at the state and federal levels, by officials in both parties, as well as a slew of lawsuits.
The Hillary manipulation and dirty tricks department calculated that Sanders supporters would have forgotten this by now. But they don't know Sanders supporters.
In Arizona, one lawsuit was even joined by the Clinton campaign in cynical, feigned outrage. Eyewitness evidence of cheating throughout the season includes testimony from citizen watchdogs, in Chicago, who witnesseed the vote being tampered with, in front of their eyes, in favor of Hillary Clinton.
Voter Suppression Tactics in Arizona
In San Diego, citizens took video of ballots on which Sanders votes had been clearly erased with white-out.
If the behavior of election officials can be this brazen when people are watching, what is happening that we cannot see? The tip of an iceberg comes to mind. No one knows who really won, but judging by the light-years differences in the sizes of each campaign's rallies, as well as exit poll evidence and the numbers of voters disenfranchised in New York, California, Arizona, and possibly Ohio and Illinois, it is entirely possible that Sanders won, by a lot.
Strangely enough, the voters who found themselves dropped from the voting lists were almost all likely Sanders supporters, a feat which we now know could have been accomplished through abuse of the DNC's "NGP VAN" database.
Sanders rallies topped 30,000, 40,000, even 50,000. Hillary could often barely fill a high school auditorium. To the hackneyed response that "all those college students don't vote" can be added: "especially not when they are illegally dropped from the voter rolls."
To make matters worse, no one knows how many votes for each candidate are actually in the ballot boxes, especially in states where exit polls missed by large margins. The demonstrated ease of "hacking" optical scan vote counters was most convincingly documented in the HBO documentary "Hacking Democracy." In the demonstration, a hacking expert shows how the totals displayed by the vote scanner, the kind used most widely across the US, can be made to reflect whatever the hacker wants, with a few keystrokes.
Excerpt - Chicago Elections Board Testimony on Election Fraud
Perhaps the most important phase in a convention is the seating of the delegates. This is a formal process in which, basically, delegates present credentials which give them the right to be there, on the convention floor. With it comes the right to vote on motions and rules put forth to the entire body of delegates.
The seating of delegates can be challenged by other delegates. Will Sanders delegates use their moment in the spotlight to tell the world what happened in the primaries, which the media ignored and not one in five people knows about?
There is one thing we know for sure: to make the convention about passing a "progressive platform" is like buying unseen land in Florida. One Berniac commented in a Facebook post that "it takes a special kind of stupid" to believe anything the DNC or Hillary says, or to think it is worth even the paper it is printed on.
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Sanders threatened a floor fight if he did not get fair representation on key committees, and one of those committees is the credentials committee. If Sanders delegates demand that the credentials committee strip the credentials from Hillary delegates in the largest clear "cheating states," which would include New York, Arizona, and California, at the least, and probably Ohio and Illinois, then the nomination process is back to square one.
The DNC may slap down one challenge after another, but the world will be watching. At each turn Sanders delegates would be available to explain to the media all about provisional ballots, purged voters lists, and fraud.
Sanders delegates have the chance to denounce the cheating on prime time and in living color. The protesters outside can back the message, until the Democratic party is so embarrassed that the presumed coronation will be a lackluster affair.
Then there is a chance, but only a small chance, that something will happen, and Clinton's weakness as a candidate becomes widely understood. The major media is shocked and worried that the tidy little plan to herd Sanders supporters behind Hillary with "She's Not Trump" isn't working, shocked that the Sanders supporters meant it when they said: #NeverHillary.
Green Party candidate Jill Stein is stepping into the vacuum with great aplomb, having recently invited Sanders to take the top of the ticket in a Sanders-Stein ticket. A Sanders-Stein ticket would immediately shoot to 30% in the polls, judging by Sanders' strength against Trump and Hilary's relative weakness. It would be the first true three-way race in US history, far more so than John Anderson - Reagan - Carter in 1980
The insanity is that although Hillary supporters proclaim the overarching purpose must be to beat Trump, if it were, they would be behind Bernie, who nearly always beats Trump by double digits.
Would Sanders take Stein's offer? He is released on the point of honor, having agreed to abide by the nominating process, because, in return, the process was supposed to be fair. The DNC broke the faith first by not running what it promised, an "impartial" process.
Faced with the possibility of such a defection, the DNC might smarten up and realize they have been outmaneuvered. Votes to disqualify entire delegations from states where evidence of election fraud abounds would change the game. Otherwise the DNC might watch Bernie do his magic again, as a Sanders-Stein ticket becomes a tidal wave, just like Sanders' standing at 10 or 20 percent in the polls in 2015 became a tsunami. This time there will be no stopping it.
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